Weird National Briefs (242)

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 19:59

August 14, 2013

Written by AP

A melon-choly memorial

MUSCATINE, Iowa - At age 79, a southeast Iowa man said he's nearing the end of his life and that he wants a unique grave memorial.

On Thursday in Fruitland, John Hoopes watched as workers installed what certainly is the cemetery's only marker topped by granite appearing to be a giant slice of watermelon.

'I was just hoping they wouldn't drop it,' Hoopes said. 'And they didn't!'

Wednesday, 07 August 2013 23:34

August 7, 2013

Written by AP

Purloined pizza

SEATTLE - When a delivery driver called 911 to report he'd just been robbed of four pizzas, a Seattle Police K-9 went to work.

The driver told police he parked his van late Thursday night and walked the order up to a south Seattle home, only to be told the resident hadn't ordered any pizza. That's when four men walked out from under a tree, said the pizzas were theirs - and grabbed them.

In a post on their website, police said the delivery man told officers he chased after the men, but lost sight of them.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 09:14

July 31, 2013

Written by From the AP
Two heads are better than one

SAN ANTONIO - A two-headed turtle born last month at the San Antonio Zoo has become so popular that she has her own Facebook page. 

Zoo officials say the Texas cooter, named Thelma and Louise for the female duo in the 1991 Oscar-winning movie, has been doing well. 

Spokeswoman Debbie Rios-Vanskike says the turtle eats and swims, and added that the two heads - named Louise Left and Thelma Right - get along. 

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 15:40

July 24, 2013

Written by From the AP
Hail to the bus driver

OAKDALE, Calif. - Authorities say a shirtless man who allegedly stole a transit bus from a San Francisco terminal drove it 100 miles before being arrested. 

California Highway Patrol officers put down road spikes to flatten the tires and get the bus to stop on Friday. 

The driver faces charges including reckless driving, failure to yield, and grand theft. 

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:10

July 17, 2013

Written by From the AP
What a drag

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - Police say a western Pennsylvania bank robber was long and tall, but probably not named Sally - despite outward appearances. 

Instead police in Richland Township, near Johnstown, believe the robber was a 6-foot, 6-inch man who was wearing a wig and women's clothes when he handed a teller a note demanding money at the First National Bank branch about 12:30 p.m. Thursday. 

Police say the suspect was wearing a straight-haired red wig, black dress and shoes, and was carrying a handbag.

Thursday, 11 July 2013 08:46

July 10, 2013

Written by From the AP
Friendly neighborhood Spider-Vandal

CINCINNATI - Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear. 

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used rocks to break several windows at Moeller High School, crawled in one of the windows and sprayed fire extinguishers around the building. 

Hamilton County sheriff's deputies say 23-year-old Thomas Williams was wearing Spider-Man underwear when he was arrested. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Kenwood man was charged with felony vandalism and breaking and entering.

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:23

July 3, 2013

Written by From the AP
Raging realtors

LOWER MERION, Pa. - Two real estate agents in a wealthy Philadelphia suburb are accused of tossing dead mice and snakes onto the lawn of their neighbor's house, which is up for sale. 

Police in Lower Merion also allege Jonathan and Andrea Straub were caught on video cutting branches off trees and knocking over 'For Sale' signs. They've been cited for disorderly conduct and harassment. 

Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:46

June 26, 2013

Written by From the AP
Without a hitch

DES MOINES, Iowa - A man who robbed a Des Moines area fast food restaurant had an unusual getaway car. 

The Polk County Sheriff's Office says a man entered a Wendy's Restaurant just before 5 p.m. Sunday. He told an employee he had a weapon and demanded money. 

He was given an undisclosed amount of cash, and then fled across a parking lot of an adjacent building. 

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 11:32

June 19, 2013

Written by From the AP
All in the family

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Police say a New Mexico woman who confronted a masked intruder in her home stumbled upon a shocking discovery when she ripped off his disguise - the robber was her grandson. 

KRQE-TV reports that 22-year-old Thomas Clark is facing robbery charges after police say he stole his grandmother's purse during a bizarre robbery at an Albuquerque home. 

According to police, the woman confronted the Clark, dressed in black with a purple bandana over his face, last week when he broke into her home. 

Wednesday, 12 June 2013 13:27

June 12, 2013

Written by From the AP

We need a hero

ATLANTA - A masked man and his wife who dress in superhero costumes say they're trying to fight crime by patrolling the streets of an Atlanta neighborhood. 

The man, who calls himself the Crimson Fist, says he feels like a superhero when he dons his mask and patrols the streets with his wife, Meta Data. 

He tells WAGA-TV that he prepares himself for the dangers of the streets, carries handcuffs and wears a 'stun device' that wraps around his knuckles. He checks for car break-ins, cleans up litter and alerts police to suspicious activity in the Castleberry Hill neighborhood just south of downtown Atlanta. 


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